RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team picked up a midweek victory over visiting Temple University on Tuesday night at The Diamond, taking the contest by a score of 6-3.
With the victory, the Rams improve to 8-5 on the season, while Temple drops to 3-7 on the year.
"This was a well played midweek game between two quality teams," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "Temple was able to get a few runs off of us early, but I felt like we settled in after that. Heath (Dwyer) did a great job for us out of the bullpen, especially in his first collegiate outing. We played pretty well tonight, but we need to get better and have to be ready to go against Towson on Friday."
This Friday marks the CAA opener for the Rams, as they are set to play host to the Tigers of Towson for a three-game weekend series at The Diamond. First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
In the game against Temple, VCU fell behind early, as the Owls recorded two runs in the top of the first inning.
The Rams would record their first run in the bottom of the second, with red-shirt junior Taylor Buran laying down a one-out bunt and advancing all the way to third on the play off of an errant throw from the Temple pitcher.
VCU pulled ahead in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs in the frame. The Rams started off the inning with consecutive singles from sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen, junior infielder Jordan Weymouth and sophomore infielder Joey Cujas. Cullen came home to score on a wild pitch on a swinging strikeout, before Weymouth scored on an infield groundout by sophomore Chris Ayers.
The Owls manufactured a lone run in the top of the fifth to knot the score at 3-3, before VCU pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the inning.
After Weymouth and Cujas got aboard and moved into scoring position, redshirt junior infielder Brent Mikionis (pictured right) hit a towering fly ball over the wall in left center field for a three-run home run. The home run, Mikionis's first of the year, handed a the Rams a lead they would not surrender the rest of the way.
VCU freshman pitcher Heath Dwyer earned his first career victory, throwing five innings out of the bullpen and only allowing one run on four hits. Junior pitcher Blake Hauser came on in the ninth inning and did not allow a run, earning him his fifth save of the season.